Straight Up with Sherri

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Can I get an "AMEN!?"

Senator Coleman speaks out about the UN Global Internet Control

Washington, D.C.-Senator Norm Coleman today submitted a statement into the Congressional Record denouncing a final report issued by the United Nations' Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) suggesting that the U.N. assume global governance of the Internet. Since its inception and creation in the United States, the U.S. has assumed the historic role of overseeing the Internet's growth and has overseen its development. The U.N. taskforce report suggests that in addition to terminating the U.S.'s leadership role, the authority and functions of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a non-profit organization overseen by the U.S. Department of Commerce, should be transferred as well. Senator Coleman strongly opposes these measures.

"My probe of the U.N. as Chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations revealed management that was at best, incompetent, and at worst corrupt," said Coleman. "The first priority for the United Nations must be fundamental reform of its management and operations rather than any expansion of its authority and responsibilities. The Internet has flourished under U.S. supervision, oversight, and private sector involvement. This growth did not happen because of increased government involvement, but rather, from the opening on the Internet to commerce and private sector innovation. Subjecting the Internet and its security to the politicized control of the UN bureaucracy would be a giant and foolhardy step backwards."

"Recently, I introduced UN reform legislation with the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations, Senator Dick Lugar (R-IN), known as the Coleman-Lugar UN Reform Bill, to help put an end to a culture of corruption that was exposed by the Oil for Food scandal, peacekeeping sexual abuse scandals, and other instances of organizational failures at U.N.," Coleman said. "Putting the U.N. in charge of one of the world's most important technological wonders and economic engines is out of the question. This proposal would leave the United States with no more say over the future of the Internet than Cuba or China-countries that have little or no commitment to the free flow of information."

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  • blogger ate all your comments -- bad blogger!!

    By Blogger levi from queens, at 3:09 PM  

  • Levi

    Actually- blogger is fine this time! LOL!

    Anon was busy last night. It seems it was bored and in all its intellect, mustered up a bunch of commas for thoughts, and posted these thoughts about 140 times! LOL!

    Not sure if anon thinks that I seem to care what it thinks of me. Maybe anon thinks its only recourse for thoughts it disagrees with is to try and stop it. Maybe anon thinks it is a genius because it can post over 140 comments. Not sure.

    What I do know is that anon doesn't realize is that no matter what anon does, anon will never change who I am. No matter who agrees, disagrees, loves, hates, or is just amused by me- I am me. No words on any monitor will ever change who I am. I am still the same person today- as I was when I went to bed last night. No more- No less. The only thing anon seems to "teach" any of us here- is that they are capable of childish games and self importance. It would be refreshing to see anon engage in some thought provoking dialogue.

    But, alas-anon seems to be obsessed with just me, and seems to be still breathing on my blog. LOL!

    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 3:29 PM  

  • The internet cannot be goverened, the result of governing the internet would be sensoring peoples thoughts, ideas and expressions. This blog is a form of free speech, and it should not be governed by anyone. - D.R. 6868

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:57 PM  

  • Governing the Internet would not be a good idea. It haven't been governed this long so why start now. I believe if it wasn't used that much this wouldn't even be talked about. It is a lot of more important things that should be worried about instead of trying to control the internet. (TB8068)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:03 PM  

  • I think that a job that has been performed so well until now, does not need any unnecessary changes. U.S. is carrying out the internet supervision in a great manner, and otherwise also an international group like the U.N. should be focussed at addressing issues that are of global concern right now. G.S.4509

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:20 AM  

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